On Sunday, November 3rd, 2013, the Pinal County Sheriff’s Office was working a DUI Task Force in the Casa Grande area. A Pinal County Sheriff’s Office canine deputy, who was working with the task force, stopped alongside of the roadway at Peart Road north of Cottonwood Lane to assist other members with an arrest.
The deputy was stopped facing southbound and had his emergency red and blue lights activated on his fully marked patrol vehicle. As the deputy was removing his seatbelt and getting ready to get out of his vehicle, a northbound vehicle driven by Amanda Leyvas (age 22 of Casa Grande) drove into the front passengers side of his vehicle. The vehicle she was driving narrowly missed striking two other fully marked PCSO vehicles and two members standing next to those vehicles.
After the collision, Leyvas drove off the side of the roadway and stopped. Neither Leyvas nor her passenger, Terry Sigarroba (age 23 of Casa Grande), were injured in the crash. Amanda and Terry were both impaired by alcohol.
Amanda Leyvas was arrested for Driving while Impaired by Alcohol, Aggravated Assault and Criminal Damage.
Terry Sigarroba was arrested for an outstanding warrant out of the Casa Grande City Court for Interfering with a Judicial Proceeding.
The Canine Deputy was transported to Casa Grande Regional Medical Center for minor injuries he sustained as a result of the crash. His canine was taken to the Veterinary Emergency Clinic in San Tan Valley as a precaution.
During the DUI Task Force the participating members arrested 16 individuals that evening.
Sheriff Paul Babeu stated, “Traffic accidents are the number one cause of death across the United States for law enforcement officers. Members of the our regional DUI task force were out trying to make sure all of us on the roadway were safe from impaired drivers. In this case, unfortunately, an impaired driver found one of our deputies before they could find her. Thankfully, the injuries were minor and the driver will now learn the consequences of her decision to drive while impaired.” Paul Babeu, Sheriff